Those of you familiar with classic films might remember a Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey. The 1950 film tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd whose best friend is a pooka named Harvey. Harvey is a six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch tall invisible rabbit.
As part of Celtic folklore, a pooka could bring both “good and bad fortune. They could either help or hinder rural and marine communities. The Púca can have dark or staunch white fur or hair. The creatures were said to be shape changers which could take the appearance of horses, goats, cats, dogs, and hares. They may also take a human form, which includes various animal features, such as ears or a tail.”
Stewart named his pooka “Harvey.” It was a way for him to escape the responsibilities of life.
Since Donald Trump’s election, the GOP has used every pooka in the book to avoid their responsibility to the American people who voted for Donald Trump. The bitter John McCain is still campaigning. He lost badly in 2008, and he has never forgotten it.
Like a pooka, he’s been a political shape shifter. He speaks like a conservative (less and less these days) but votes in terms of Establishment GOP politics. Growing the government so it benefits his cronies.
With the impact of Harvey, I expect the GOP to postpone any real legislation on tax reform. Harvey is their pooka.
It’s unfortunate that Trump did not lead with tax and spending cuts the day after he was sworn in. It’s when he had the most political capital. Where has the GOP been on the issue? They’ve had 8 years to develop a tax cut plan. I suspect they believed (and hoped) Hillary would win. Like Wlwood P. Dowd, they leaned on their pooka to absolve them of responsibility.
Tax cuts empower the people. It puts economic decision making back into their hands. Most politicians can’t abide people being free. They must be cared for by the State. The Democrats and many (most?) in the GOP think of themselves as political saviors…